Faculty

Stepping Stones Program

Laura Arzeno is the Head Teacher for our Stepping Stones Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from College of Saint Elizabeth. She has completed her Infant/Toddler Montessori Training at Princeton Center for Teacher Education. This is Laura's first year at Raritan Valley Montessori Academy.

Mahnaz Vaziri is an Assistant in our Stepping Stones Program at Raritan Valley Montessori but has also worked in our Primary Program and Kindergarten Enrichment. Previously she was a co-owner and manager of a novelty store for ten years. Mahnaz worked for one year in childcare before joining our school in 2007.


Primary Program

Sylvia Chen joined Raritan Valley Montessori as an intern in 2015.

Maneesha Dave is a Co-Teacher in our Primary Program. She received her Early Childhood Certification from Princeton Center for Teacher Education. Maneesha joined our school in 2003, taught in our Primary Program for 5 years and has now returned to work in our Lower Elementary Program. She has a B.A. in Economics and Education and a certification in Computer science.

Linda Freitag is a Head Teacher in our Primary Program. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and completed her Montessori early childhood education and certification through The Christopher Academy, where her Montessori philosophic research paper was recommended for publication by Head of School. Linda launched her full-time Montessori career in 2001 at Raritan Valley Montessori.

Andal Nagarajan joined Raritan Valley Montessori as in intern in 2012. She holds a bachelors degree in Home science and her Early Childhood Montessori certification. Andal is a Co-Teacher in our Primary Program.

Carol Nittoli has been teaching in our Primary Program at Raritan Valley Montessori since 1994. She is a Lead Teacher in the Primary Program and the Kindergarten Enrichment Program at the Bridgewater site. Carol's Montessori training is for children aged 2 1/2 through 6.

Carrie Ward has a B.A. in Art History from Rutgers University. She is a Head Teacher for our Primary Program. Carrie teaches Kindergarten and Elementary Fine Arts at our Bridgewater location and Elementary drama at our Hillsborough site. She is certified by the American Montessori Society in Early Childhood Education for ages 3-6 from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE). Carrie has been with the school since 2005.


Elementary Program

Joanne Diglio is a Co-Teacher in our elementary program. She holds an AMS Elementary Certification from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), a State of NJ Teacher Certification for preschool through 3rd grade from the College of Saint Elizabeth, and an MBA from Long Island University. Joanne has been teaching since 2006.

Hemani Kathuria is the Head Teacher in our Elementary Program. She received her Bachelor's of Commerce from Delhi University and a certification in Chartered Accountancy. Hemani has been teaching at RVM since 2008 and has taught in our Primary Program. Prior to joining our school, she worked in internal auditing. Hemani obtained her Early Childhood and Elementary certification from Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Stefani Lockwood is the Head of the AfterSchool Program (ASP) and also an Assistant Teacher in the Elementary Program. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University and is currently completing her M.A.T. in Elementary Education. Stefani has worked in various private after school programs since 2007.


Afterschool Program

Alison Manley joined Raritan Valley as an Assistant Teacher in our AfterSchool Program (ASP) in 2015. She previously worked as a teacher's aide for 13 years for children aged 3 years through 4th grade. Alison is currently studying for her BA in Education. She has a passion for arts and crafts.


Specials

Nancy Cesta joined our staff in 2005 and is responsible for Stepping Stone, Primary and Elementary music education at both the Hillsborough and Bridgewater sites. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Marketing from Muhlenberg College. Music has always been the main course in her life, through the many years of studying piano, vocal performance and extensive study of music theory in college. Prior to joining our staff, Nancy spent over 15 years as a market researcher.

Sandra Hurtado teaches Spanish to our Primary and Elementary students at both sites. She is originally from Colombia, South America and has a Bachelor's Degree in Pedagogy and a Bachelor Degree in Modern Languages. Sandra has a Masters Degree in Spanish Linguistics. Before joining Raritan Valley Montessori, she taught at both the Elementary and High School level.

Michael Godleski teaches Physical Education at our Bridgewater site and Technology at both our Bridgewater and Hillsborough sites.

Carrie Ward has a B.A. in Art History from Rutgers University. She is a Head Teacher for the Primary Program at our Bridgewater Site. Carrie teaches Elementary Fine Arts at our Bridgewater location. She is certified by the American Montessori Society in Early Childhood Education for ages 3-6 from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE). Carrie has been with the school since 2005.



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